Post-Traumatic Stress Reactions are the reactions as effects of traumatic experiences. These reactions are common, understandable and expectable, but are also serious and can lead to difficulties in daily life. There are various types of traumatic reactions:
Intrusive reactions are the ways in which the traumatic experience comes back to mind (e.g. flashbacks and dreams).
Withdrawal reactions are ways people use to keep away from intrusive reactions (e.g. avoid talking, avoid places and people).
Physical arousal reactions are when the body reacts as though the danger is still present, due to physical changes (e.g. irritability, sleeplessness and concentration problems).
Grief reactions may be experienced when people suffer a loss of important things, loved ones, colleagues, of home, of a job and their community. This includes feelings of emptiness, sadness, guilt or regrets over the loss, missing or longing for what/who was lost.
Post-Traumatic Stress, grief and depressive reactions can be extremely distressing and may significantly interfere with daily activities. It is important to acknowledge that get emotional support as soon as possible, in order to get back into the normal routine as soon as possible.
Well-timed trauma intervention limits Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post-Traumatic Embitterment Disorder (PTED).
There is more to life than just having your basic survival needs met and more to health than just the absence of illness. A sense of well-being, whatever your personal circumstances, comes from a positive attitude and an appreciation of everyday pleasures.
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